By Atom Bergstrom
The Golden Goofiness Award for the most misconceived front cover on an acid-bad/alkaline-good book goes to …
Thomas A. Baroody’s Alkalize or Die: Superior Health Through Proper Acid Alkaline Balance, 1991.
I laughed when I first saw it on the shelves of a health food store.
Its cover motivated me to write my rebuttal, Acidify or Die.
Alkalize or Die’s cover depicts alkalinity as a cascading waterfall amidst a lush primeval forest, contrasted to acidity as a desiccated, barren desert.
Guess what? Soils in moist climates are typically acidic, whereas soils in dry climates are usually alkaline.
Deserts are invariably either dried-up alkali flats or salt flats, while the lush foliage of mountain forests is almost always produced by acidic soils.
The valleys and plains IN BETWEEN are less extreme.
The Middle Way is the dynamic interplay between the trend towards structure (acid organization) and the opposing trend towards chaos (alkaline disorganization).
Julie Cohen (“Soil pHertility,” The UCSB Current, Dec. 6, 2016) wrote …
“‘We found that if you go to wet climates — places where you might expect to find a forest, whether in the high latitudes or in the Amazon — the pH is acidic,’ said lead author Eric Slessarev, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology. ‘If you go to dry climates, the pH is alkaline. This is what we expected. But our analysis was able to confirm that the transition between those two zones is very abrupt.
“‘It only takes a small change in climate to achieve the switch from that acid zone to the alkaline zone and there are fewer soils with an intermediate pH,’ Slessarev added. ‘Those soils are in places like Iowa or the Ukraine, which — not coincidentally — are places intensively farmed because those neutral range soils are the most fertile. Extreme pH tends to be bad for crops for a variety of reasons.'”
According to Emanuel Revici, M.D. (1961) …
“Alternate operation of electrostatic and quantum forces leads to the organization of atoms into molecules. The quantum forces in the molecules intervene to permit organization of these entities so that the constituents are maintained at proper distances and positions. The result is electrostatic neutrality. The appearance of new quantum forces that maintain the constituents, through their organized movement, at certain distances and in certain positions, insures not only the establishment but also the stability of the new formations.”